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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 13 — Jun. 22, 2009
  • pp: 10688–10696

Manipulating spatial qudit states with programmable optical devices

G. Lima, A. Vargas, L. Neves, R. Guzmán, and C. Saavedra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 13, pp. 10688-10696 (2009)

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The study of how to generate high-dimensional quantum states (qudits) is justified by the advantages that they can bring for the field of quantum information. However, to have some real practical potential for quantum communication, these states must be also of simple manipulation. Spatial qudits states, which are generated by engineering the transverse momentum of the parametric down-converted photons, have been until now considered of hard manipulation. Nevertheless, we show in this work a simple technique for modifying these states. This technique is based on the use of programmable diffractive optical devices, that can act as spatial light modulators, to define the Hilbert space of these photons instead of pre-fabricated multi-slits.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2009
Published: June 11, 2009

G. Lima, A. Vargas, L. Neves, R. Guzmán, and C. Saavedra, "Manipulating spatial qudit states with programmable optical devices," Opt. Express 17, 10688-10696 (2009)

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